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REPORT FROM ESSEX JUNIOR CLOSED 2018

Arthur Clark reports on the days events at BATTS Harlow on Saturday 6 January 2018.

At the Closing Date for Entries there was a doubt that the event would be held but with a further dozen entries received up to Christmas Eve the event went ahead with 46 entries.. As no Under 13 Boys entered the Under 18 Boys event I was able to play these two events at the same time and save two hours on the days playing time.

First to play were these two events. For the Under 13 Boys there should have been two Groups of three players and two Groups of two. With two players not arriving who should have played in the two Groups of three, I later found out they were ill, all the players went through to the KO stage. Number one seed Ollie Rampton (Colchester) had a tight semi-final with team mate Liam Harris squeezing through 11, 11, 9 whilst in the other half Toby Zeffie (Southend) had an even closer semi-final to eventually beat Ralphy Pattison (BATTS) 7, -6, -10, 9, 7. In the final Ollie won 11, -9, 4, 4.

Under 13 winner - Ollie Rampton

Under 13 winner – Ollie Rampton

Meanwhile in the Under 18 Boys event top seed Sam Hume (Clacton) progressed comfortably to the final with 3-0 wins over Vineeth Kamma (Chelmsford) and Benjamin Sivathanu (BATTS). In the other half there was an upset in the semi-final when Abdul Raqueeb (Mossford) lost to Harry Keys (Southend) -8, 8, -7, 8, 9. In the final Sam won 3, -8, 7,4.

 

Under boys winner - Sam Hume

Under 18 Boys winner – Sam Hume

Under 18 Boys runner up - Harry Keys

Under 18 Boys runner up and Under 18 Boys Restricted winner – Harry Keys

The next events were the Under 15 Boys and Girls, the Girls in a round robin of four. Maliha Baig (Mossford) was the winner with Zara Darcy-Willis (NETTS) the runner up.

Under 15 Girls winner -  Maliha Baig

Under 15 Girls winner and Under 11 open winner -
Maliha Baig

In the Boys event the seven seeds all won their Groups and the top four all made their way to the semi-finals. The semis were both close matches. In the absence of Diesel Harvey (a school injury) and Daniel Young, Daniel Zeffie defeated William Skelt (both Southend) 11, -6, 8, 9 while in the other semi Ben Sivathanu gave top seed Jaden Aulakh (Mossford) a run for his money before losing 7, -12, 8, -7, 9.  In the final Jaden won 10, 2, 7.

Under 15 Boys winner -  Jaden Aulakh

Under 15 Boys winner -
Jaden Aulakh

There were also only four players in the Under 11 open event and Maliha Baig again triumphant. In the last match of the round robin she defeated Ralphy Pattison (BATTS) 6, 8, -10, 9 who became the runner up. The final event of the day was the Under 18 Boys Restricted event for players who had never played for the County. With no seeding in the event Harry Keys reached his second final of the day with a 5, 9, 8 win over Toby Kelly (Brentwood) while in the other half Colchester team mates Arran Hutchinson and Oliver Fifield played each other for a place in the final, Arran winning -10, 2, 5, 9. In the final Harry won 7, 7, 2.

Due to lack of entries there were no events for the Under 13 and Under 18 Girls.

Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary and Tournament Organiser.

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Fourth place finish for Essex Juniors

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REPORT ON THE JUNIOR DIVISION 2C MATCHES PLAYED ON SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2017

DIVISIONAL HONOURS ONLY RESOLVED AT THE END OF THE FINAL ROUND OF MATCHES

 

The final round of Junior Division 2C matches were played at the NETTS Table Tennis Club at the Recreation Club at Earls Colne where the first round of matches had been played some six weeks before. After that first round only two points separated the top four teams so there was all to play for when these teams played one another. Cambridgeshire 2 played an ineligible player in the first round of matches but the corrections only affected Sets and Games of their team and their opponents and not the points of any of the Teams.

 

The Essex Team was the same team as that that played in the first round of matches on 21 October, namely Abdul Raqueeb (483), Matthew Stringer (411), Jared Chelski (214), Jaz Harvey (307) and Maliha Baig. As Jaz had to get to the Harlow Playhouse for a Dress Rehearsal Chloe Andrews would play in the last match. Figures in red brackets are the current Junior Rating points of the relevant players.

 

In the first round of matches Essex played Herts who were one point ahead in third place in the Table. In the two opening matches Matthew lost to Finlay Cameron-Pryor (506) 3-1 whilst on the other table Jared lost to Jamie Watkin-Rees (546) 3-0. Jaz then played Ilyssa Lacorte (504) and after losing the first game 11-6 went on to win 3, 9, 11 and was extremely relieved to win that fourth game as that was the only match that the much higher ranked Ilyssa lost over the two days of play. On the other table Maliha was playing the highest ranked girl of any of the County teams, Charlotte Marsden (624) and understandably lost 3-0. Abdul lost 3-1 to the higher ranked Carl Breindel (687) whilst on the other table Jared was involved in a marathon match with Finlay. After winning the first two games 14 and 13 he lost the next two 8 and 6. In the decider he won the first six points only to lose the next seven. Resilience set in and five points later a great win was achieved. Jaz lost 3-0 to Charlotte while Maliha after going 2-1 up against Ilyssa finally lost 11-9 in the deciding game, a fine effort for a ten year old. Abdul beat Jamie 3-1, a good win, while Matthew lost 3-0 to Carl. With this defeat, 3-7, the Essex hopes of any honours were effectively over.

 

The Essex team now had to play second placed Sussex 2 who could take over the lead of the Division depending upon the result of the Suffolk v Herts match. The Sussex team were determined to get back to Division 1 having been relegated last season and won the first four matches. Jared and Matthew both lost 3-0 easily to Kiego Burnham (405) and Billy Keegan (487) respectively. Maliha lost 3-1 to Joelle Bennett (262) while Jaz was involved with a marathon match with Jodie Morris (264), finally losing -9, -9, 9, 10, 11. Abdul finally achieved an Essex win, 3-1 over Owen Brown (513). Jared found Billy too much of a handful, losing 3-0 but Jaz beat Joelle in a very close match 10, 5, 9. Maliha had a five game match with Jodie losing 11-6 in the deciding game having been 2-1 up. Jared and Abdul lost the last two matches to enable the Sussex team to take over the top spot in the table after this 8-2 win and a Suffolk defeat.

 

For the last round of matches Essex played Beds who were one place below Essex in the Table. Having not won a match all day Matthew employed Maliha as coach and two wins as a result, both 3-0 over George Whitley (243) and Ben Reddy (469). It came as a bit of a surprise for Abdul to lose to both Oliver Horswell (485) and Ben Reddy, both in the fifth game. Two wins each for both Chloe and Maliha over Maddie Whitley (70) and Gemma Russell and  for Jared over Oliver and George gave the Essex Team an 8-2 win and fourth place. For Chloe a place in the Essex Hall of fame for junior players having a 100% record playing for an Essex Junior Team. For next season Chloe, Matthew and Abdul will no longer be Junior players.

My thanks to John Jennings for umpiring all day and Tim, John and Tehmoor for coaching the players.

FINAL TABLE

P          W         D         L          F          A          Pts

Sussex 2                     7          6          1          0          58        12        13

Herts                           7          6          1          0          55        15        13

Suffolk                       7          5          0          2          50        20        10

Essex 2                       7          4          0          3          40        30          8

Cambs 2                     7          3          0          4          26        44          6

Beds                            7          2          0          5          22        48          4

Sussex 3                     7          1          0          6          25        45          2

Northants 2                7          0          0          7            7        63          0

Arthur C. Clark

Essex Junior Match Secretary and

Junior Division 2C Organiser.

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COME BACK OF THE DAY BY MELIHA BAIG

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At the NETTS Table Tennis Club at the Earls Colne Recreation Club Essex were the hosts to County Champs Junior Division 2C first round of matches on Saturday 21 October 2017. A full Division of eight teams with six teams from East Anglia, Northants the most northern, and two Sussex teams from the south coast. Last season’s relegated teams Sussex 2 and Hertfordshire would be looking to get back to Division 1 as would Suffolk and Essex 2 who both narrowly missed out on promotion last season. All matches were played on two tables.

The Essex 2 team was Abdul Raqueeb, Matthew Stringer, Jared Chelski, Jaz Harvey and ten year old Maliha Baig. At the time of selection Casey and Alana Mansfield’s grandfather was seriously ill and sadly he has very recently passed away. Figures in red brackets are the current Junior Rating points of the relevant players.

In the first round of matches Essex 2 played Cambridgeshire 2 and won the first two matches. Debutant Abdul (420) beat Josh Curry 3-1 while Jared defeated Matthew Pryke (300) 3-0. Jaz (284) beat Chloe Pryke 10, 8, 9 while on the other table Maliha had to play Emily Brown (258). Maliha won the first two games but then Emily gradually got back into the match and although Maliha had a chance to take the fourth game she finally lost -6, -10, 8, 10, 4. Matthew (420) then lost 3-0 to Zach Martillo (722) but Jared was taken to a deciding game by Josh and came back from a couple of points down to win that 12-10 to put Essex up 4-2. Maliha lost 3-1 to Chloe after winning the first game and Jaz lost to Emily 12-10 in the fourth game. Our Matthew beat their Matthew 8, 10, -8, 10 and with Abdul a comfortable win over the much higher ranked Zach a good start for the Essex Team with a 6-4 win.

In the next round Essex played Sussex 3, who only had one girl player. Matthew lost to Billy Keegan (433) 3,12,10 while Jared was taken to a fifth game by Ed Cozens and won that game 11-1. Abdul then beat Mathew Johnson (406) 3-0 while Maliha was involved in another marathon. 2-1 down she won the fourth game to 8 and the fifth game was either player’s to win until at 10-10 Maliha won the next two important points with attacking shots. Two more five game matches, Matthew losing to Ed and Abdul defeating Billy Keegan after getting the second game 18-16 after losing the first. Jared lost the last match after Jaz had beaten Sasha 3-0. A 7-3 win.

Essex met neighbours Suffolk in the third round with both teams leading the Table although Suffolk had the better sets difference. They had not played one another at Junior level for several seasons but Essex had the better record at Cadet level. However the Suffolk players were now ranked higher than the Essex players. Matthew and Jared both lost their opening matches 3-0 to Kian Burgess (865) and Luke Davies-Stokes (525) respectively. Jaz beat Lucy Curtis 3-0 and Maliha put up a strong performance against Holly McGerty (428) in losing 9, 8, 5. After Abdul lost to Daniel Shelley (547) and Matthew his second match, both 3-1, Jaz then produced her best performance of the day with a great -13, 6, 3, 5 win over the higher ranked Holly and not to be outdone Maliha took the first two games off Lucy 6 and 5. The third game did not go according to plan and she found herself 10-6 down. Remembering back to her first round match (did she?) where a two-nought lead was lost now was the time to attack. Four winning points later it was 10-10 and two more attacking points clinched it. A great come back at a crucial stage. I don’t think Lucy could believe it. Unfortunately Abdul and Jared could not achieve the same so Suffolk won 7-3 to retain top spot but Essex dropped to fourth in the Table.

For the last round of the day Northants 2 were the opposition. They were bottom of the Division having only won two sets all day so a maximum win was the target. Eight of the first nine matches were won 3-0, Jared needing a fourth game when he lost the third, and Abdul needed five games to beat Jacob Tattersall in the last match for the 10-0 win.

There is only two points between the top four teams. In the final round of three matches all four teams have to play two of the other three teams so the winner of the Division may not be determined until the very end of the last round of matches. I am not even going to have a guess as to who this may be. The final round of matches will be held at the same venue, The Earls Colne Recreation Club, on Saturday 2 December, with a playing time start of 10.30 am. I will send a reminder round nearer the time as I intend to keep the same team.

CURRENT TABLE              
  P W D L F A Pts
Suffolk 4 4 0 0 31 9 8
Sussex 2 4 3 1 0 34 6 7
Herts 4 3 1 0 30 10 7
Essex 2 4 3 0 1 26 14 6
Cambs 2 4 1 0 3 18 22 2
Beds 4 1 0 3 10 30 2
Sussex 3 4 0 0 4 9 31 0
Northants 2 4 0 0 4 2 38 0

 

Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary and
Junior Division 2C Organiser.

 

 

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ESSEX WIN AFTER A TOUGH DEBUT FOR THE TEAM

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CADET COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS  -  DIVISION 1A, 7 OCTOBER 2017

The first round of County Cadet Division 1A matches were played at the Grange School, Christchurch, Dorset, on Saturday 7 October 2017 with four rounds of matches played. With long journeys ahead of them Daniel Zeffie and Olivia Jones travelled down the previous evening with their parents and coach Kieran Skeggs as did Maliha Baig and her father but by train. Daniel Young and Ben Sivathanu both had the early morning alarm call for the three hour journey. For all these players it would be the initiation to County Championship representation for Essex. A tough time for the team was expected as the three top ranked Essex Cadet players were unable to play. All matches were played on two tables. Red figures in brackets are the current ranking points of the player.

For their first match they had to play Dorset 1. For the opening two matches Daniel Zeffie (346) played Jack Trafford (837 and the highest ranked player Essex would play all day) and lost 3-1 whilst on the other table Ben Sivathanu (328) had to play Jordan Pang (322) with the match going the full distance before Ben lost 7, -11, -6, 8, -10 after having game points to win the second and last games. Maliha (280) then made the match score 1-2 when defeating Jess Moggeridge (240) 8, 5, 8 but Olivia (84) lost to Sophie Bargsai 3-1 after winning the first game. Sadly that was the only match that Essex won although Olivia’s match with Jess went to five games and Daniel Young (348) lost narrowly to Jack 7, 10, 11. Matt Stanfield (489) beat both Daniel Young and Ben.

For the second round of matches Essex had to play Devon who had been relegated from the Premier Division last season and intent on going straight back up after thrashing Middlesex 9-1 in the first round. Maliha and Olivia were no match for Gemma Kerr (957) and Mari Baldwin (933) losing all four matches easily 3-0. Daniel Zeffie achieved the only Essex win, a hard earned 8, 9, -13, 11 over the much higher ranked Jakub Piwowar (596). Daniel took a game off both Herbie Sage (714) and Oliver Cornish (566) and Ben managed one from Jakub.

For the next round bottom team Essex met the team just above them in the Table, Sussex 2, who had lost 8-2 to Surrey 2 and 7-3 to Middlesex. This was a real close match. Daniel Young beat Allessio Marocco (583) 13-11 in the fourth game after losing the first but on the other table Ben lost to Sam Watts (467) 3-0. Olivia had a marathon match with Ellesse Trangmar (119) ending in a nail biting 12, 6, -8, -2, 9 win whilst Maliha beat Sasha O’Halloran (98) 3-0 and went on to beat Ellesse 3-0 as well. Olivia had another stamina sapping match with Sasha but this time the nail biting did not work, Olivia losing the last three points and the deciding game 8-11. Daniel Zeffie’s match with Jacob Evans (615) also went to a deciding game which he lost -10, 6, -10, 8, -8 while Ben’s 3-1 win over Allessio was his first of the day. At this stage the match score was 5-3 to Essex. Daniel Young then lost 3-0 to Jacob and it was left to Daniel Zeffie to beat Sam 3-1 and gain Essex two precious points with the 6-4 win. Well done to the boys and Olivia for all winning matches against higher ranked opposition.

In the days final round the opponents were Glamorgan 2. At the time I knew that they had lost their two previous matches both 6-4 but what I did not know was that it was the girls who won the four in each match. Fortunately this match followed the same pattern. The boys won their six against Harry Jones (214), Evan O’Connor (193) and Elliott Jones, Daniel Young needing a fourth game in both his matches and Ben a fourth against Evan while Maliha and Olivia were no match for Lauren Stacey (363) and Grace Clemment.

For the remaining matches the Division has been split in to two halves, Essex, Surrey 2 and Middlesex 2 will play one another on 11 November at Earls Colne whilst the western half of the Division, Devon, Dorset 1, Glamorgan 2 and Sussex 2 have yet to agree a date and venue for their matches.

A great come back after the first two tough matches and a pleasing start to their hoped for Essex careers. Also thanks to coach Kieran Skeggs for mastering the task of watching matches on two tables at the same time and giving the players advice accordingly. I hope he enloyed his day as much as the players. I think a draw with Middlesex or Surrey (or both) will be sufficient for the team to avoid relegation bearing in mind that Sussex and Glamorgan both have to play Devon and Dorset.

CURRENT TABLE
P W D L F A Pts
Devon 3 3 0 0 26 4 6
Surrey 2 4 2 1 1 21 19 5
Dorset 1 3 2 1 0 20 10 5
Middlesex 2 4 2 0 2 18 22 4
Essex 4 2 0 2 14 26 4
Glamorgan 2 3 0 0 3 12 18 0
Sussex 2 3 0 0 3 9 21 0

 

 

Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary and Cadet Division 1A Organiser.

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Essex Junior Closed 2017

 

The Essex Junior Closed was held at BATTS Harlow on Saturday 6 May 2017. At the Essex Committee Meeting on the evening before the Closing Date for Entries they agreed that the event would not proceed unless an agreed minimum number of Entries were received by the midnight Closing Date. Martyn Green came to the rescue when he delivered six entries to me at teatime next day. By midnight with 32 entries the event would proceed and with three last minute entries we finally had 45 entries on the day but three of these had withdrawn due to imminent exams.

The opening events were the Under 13 Boys and Under 15 Girls events. With a last minute addition there were two Groups of four and two of three. Top seeds Daniel Young (Clacton) and Akash Shah (Mossford) made their way to the final, beating Oliver Rampton (Colchester) 8, 7, 5 and Rio Teplizki (Chelmsford) -9, 9, 8, 9 respectively in the semi-finals. Earlier Jai Choudhari had beaten number 3 seed Toby Zeffie (Southend) in the Group but lost the quarter final to Rio 11, -12, 7, -5, 6. Daniel won the final -8, 7, 3, 6.

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The Under 15 Girls event should have been a round robin of six but Sophie Deng withdrew the previous day. Olivia Jones (Southend) was the winner but there was a three way tie for second place. Countback determined that Ellena Hart (Southend) was second, Mia Charles (NETTS) was third and Zara Darcy Willis (NETTS) was fourth.

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There were 7 Groups in the U15 Boys event. Second seed Jared Chelski (Colchester) was not feeling well and although he tried to play he had to withdraw part way through the first match in his Group. Top seed Jaden Aulakh (Mossford) did not drop a game on his way to the final and Diesel Harvey (BATTS) took advantage of Jared’s absence in the bottom half to reach the final having scraped through his quarter final with Daniel Young, 6, -6, 7, -9, 9. A shock in the final looked on the cards when Diesel won the first two games but Jaden came back to win -7, -5, 9, 4, 8. The other two semi Finalists were Andy Huang and Oliver Rampton (both Colchester).

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The Under 13 Girls event was almost a repeat of the U15 event, Maliha Baig (Mossford) playing instead of Mia Charles, thus still five girls in the round robin. However Ella Doddington (Colchester) sustained an injury in her second match and had to withdraw. Nine year old Maliha was the winner with Olivia Jones the runner up and Ellena Hart third.

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There were five Groups in the Under 18 Boys event and with Jared still unable to play late entrant Jack Stockdale took his place in the Group and as expected strolled through to the final. For Diesel Harvey it was a much tougher route to the final. In his Group he took five games to beat the seeded Harry Keys (Southend) and in the semi final another five to overcome Daniel Young 5, 9, -10, -5, 10. In the quarter final Daniel took five games to get past Oliver Rampton -9, 9, 6, -8, 8. With Jaz Harvey (BATTS) the only girl entering the U18 Girls event she played in this event and reached the KO stage with a five game win over Toby Deng (Colchester) but then lost in five, -7, 12, 9, -8, 7, to Connor Payne (Chelmsford). Jack won the final 8, -9, 4,6.

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For the Under 11 Open event there were six entrants but overnight this increased to seven and increased to eight just before the start. I therefore changed the event from a round robin to two Groups of four, each group played on two tables. Both Group winners Maliha Baig and Toby Zeffie won their semi finals against Sam Taylor (BATTS) 7, 5, 9 and George Davis (Southend) 2, 3, 7, -10, 5 respectively and Maliha went on to win the final 5, 5, -11, -6, 8.

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The last event of the day was the U18 Boys Restricted Singles, an event for those players who have never played for any of the Essex teams and no seeding. Five groups and in the top half of the draw Daniel Young reached another final, defeating Daniel Zeffie 5, 11, 9 in the semi. The bottom half of the draw turned out to be much tougher. Matthew Elliott (Brentwood) beat club mate Toby Kelly 11, -9, 6, 5 in the quarter final but then surrendered a 5-3 lead in his deciding game semi final with James Goddard to lose -10, 10, -8, 6, 6. In the quarters James had just managed to scrape past Harry Keys 7, 8, -9, 14 and went on to win the final -9, 6, 8, 5. I think a good day was enjoyed by all.

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My thanks to Umpire John Jennings for his stalwart duties again and Alan Wood for obtaining such nice trophies and John Andrews, Ken Field, John Jennings and Sharon for presenting the trophies. Unlike last year when the actual trophies did not arrive in time to be presented on the day, at least the trophies had arrived (only just) and could be presented but not the inscribed plates. These will now be sent through the post so the winners and runners up so they can stick the plates to the trophies.

Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary and Tournament Organiser.

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Essex Juniors Glamorgan take the title but Essex 1 oh so Close!

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 CIPPENHAM TTC were the hosts to County Champs Junior Division 1B matches on Saturday 11 March 2017.

Current TTE Ranking positions are shown brackets after the player name. Note that the Glamorgan players have no TTE Rankings.

This was the final round of Junior Division 1B matches. The first rounds of matches were played at Cardiff and Cippenham to reduce travelling for the County Teams. Glamorgan, Devon 2, Dorset and Berkshire played at Cardiff and Essex 1, Herts, Surrey and Sussex 2 played at Cippenham, both on Saturday 3 December 2016. After these first rounds Glamorgan and Essex shared the top of the table with 6 points each although Glamorgan held a slight advantage on Sets difference. Each match was played on two tables. The Essex team was Sam Hume, Jack Stockdale, Ryan Gooday, (Joe Walker was unable to play due to studies for exams) Tiana Dennison and Stephanie Cross.

In the first round of matches Essex 1 played Berkshire. They opened up with a 4-0 lead but for the boys oh so close. Sam (52) went 2-0 up against Yonaton Slobodskoy but was then pulled back to a deciding game which he eventually won 11-9 having failed to convert match points in the loss of the third game 15-13. On the adjacent table Ryan (200) squeezed home 12, -9, 11, 9 against Felix Thomas (221). Tiana (15) and Stephanie (21) both won 3-0 against Anaya Patel (33) and Katie Shepard respectively. Later on in the alternating matches Stephanie was to lose to Anaya in the fifth game of a fluctuating match with Tiana winning 3-1. Jack (57) was involved in two fluctuating deciding matches, firstly losing to Josh Gallen (67) and just beating Felix 11-9 in the final game to give Essex a 7-3 win after Sam had sealed victory with a 3-0 win over Josh. A good start but Glamorgan had beaten the eventual third placed team Surrey 9-1

In the second round Essex played Devon 2 and won the two opening matches, Jack coming back from 2-0 down to beat Daniel Kerr (70) 11-6 in the fifth game and Ryan, coming back from 2-1 down to win his deciding game 12-10 with Ben Edmunds. Tiana won her match with Zoe Bennett 3-0but Stephani lost three straight to Mari Baldwin (42). Sam, after winning the first two games easily against Leon Zackarkiw (105) surprisingly lost the third game but in the fourth everything went his way for a 11-0 game win and he followed this up with a deciding game win over Daniel after being 2-0 down. Like Stephanie Tiana struggled against Mari and went 2-0 down and three match points down before saving those and coming through to win the last three games 12-10, 11-7, 11-8. Stephanie only gave away nine points in her match with Zoe. With the match won Ryan lost to Leon after being 2-1 up. An 8-2 win but Glamorgan won 10-0 against the bottom team Sussex 2.

For round 3 the team would rely heavily on the girls winning their four matches against Dorset as both Sam and Jack had to play the highest ranked player on the day, Zac Dowling (33). Jack went 2-0 up against him but eventually lost 11-6 in the decider whilst a battling Sam was even closer, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9, 11-13, 8-8 before losing the last three points. Both opening matches went to five games, Sam saving match points in the fourth against Ali Malloch (82) before winning it 14-12 and the decider 11-2 whilst Ryan had two match point against Jamie Blair but eventually lost the game 13-11 but Ryan did win a very tight match against Ali 3-1 coming from behind in each of the three games he won. As hoped for Stephanie and Tiana won their four matches, three of them very easily, but Tiana struggled against ten year old Sophie Barcsai and was 2-1 down before finally winning the decider 11-8. Jack’s final match win over Jamie made the match score 7-3 but Glamorgan had beaten Herts 10-0.

With the last round of matches to come there was still interest in promotion and relegation issues. For the match between Essex 1 and Glamorgan, Glamorgan only needed a draw to win the League on Sets difference while Essex needed to win the match to take the title. Sussex 2 were already relegated (even if they were to win their last match) and the match between Herts and Dorset would determine the other relegation position. Whichever team lost the match would be relegated and if it was a draw it would be Herts on Sets difference.

Not a good start for Essex, Jack and Ryan both lost their opening matches 3-0 to Joshua Stacy and Joseph Roberts respectively. There was hope when Tiana went 2-0 up against Lara Whitton but in the end she lost 11-9 in a decider. Stephanie also won her first game against Lydia John but having lost the second she went on to win the next two games 13-11, 11-3 to give the Essex team an element of hope. Things were looking up further when Sam beat Benedict Watson 3-1 but with Jack losing 12-10 in the fourth game with Joseph Glamorgan only needed to win one more match to win the Division title. This came when Tiana lost 9, 8, 9 to Lydia after winning the first game. On the other table Stephanie and Lara were involved in the girls match of the day. With both girls bent on attacking games there were many fast and furious, yet long rallies to excite the spectators, before Stephanie came back from 14, 9, down to win 2, 9, 9. The score in the last game does not reflect the dramatic swings. Stephanie 5-0 up at the change round inched to 8-2 up before Lara hit back with winner after winner to bring the match score to 9-9. A calm but relieved Stephanie won the next two points, with a winning rally and an error from her opponent. After this two 3-0 defeats by Sam and Ryan left Glamorgan winning the match 7-3.

Disappointment for the Essex team but they were probably playing the core of the Welsh Junior team. Overall a good season for the Essex teams with the two Junior teams and the Cadet Team all finishing as Runners Up in their respective Divisions. There will be TTE Runner Up trophies for all the players in the three teams.

Sam 6 out of 8, Jack 4 out of 8, reserve Ryan 3 out of 8, Tiana 6 out of 8 and Stephanie 6 out of 8

 Final Table

P          W         D         L          F          A          Pts

Glamorgan                  7          7          0          0          61          9        14
Essex 2                       7          6          0          1          49        21        12
Surrey                         7          5          0          2          42        28        10
Berkshire                     7          4          0          3          35        35          8
Devon 2                      7          3          0          4          33        37          6
Dorset                         7          2          0          5          29        41          4
Hertfordshire               7          1          0          6          20        50          2
Sussex 2                     7          0          0          7          11        59          0

Arthur C. Clark

Essex Junior Match Secretary and
Junior Division 1B Organiser.

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Redbridge (Essex) Through to London Youth Finals

 

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David Humble reports on Redbridge Table Tennis Teams, both boys and girls have made it through to the Finals of the London Youth Games to be held at Crystal Palace on the 3rd of July. Players based at the Mossford club run and supply the team, with the terrific addition this year of Joe Walker, a great player to boost the team.

All players and parents really bought fully into our team ethic, which sets us apart from most others which are individual influenced.

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In qualifying,all matches were won either 5-0 or 4-1. The girls team fielded ages of 15, 10 and 8 over the 3 two person matches.  Sophie Chiang won all her matches, Maliha Baig (8) was 2 games down in one match but came back to win 11-9 in the fifth with fantastic forehand drive to finish the match.

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The boys were no less impressive where we used 4 players in the squad.

The London Youth Games Finals at Crystal Palace is a great day out and everyone should make a date in their diary to attend, You would be energised for life !   Check out their website at this link - http://www.londonyouthgames.org/

LYG GirlsDbls

There is a multiplicity of sports involved very keenly contested by highly enthusiastic youngsters. In effect an Olympic Games for young Londoners is my best shot of describing it. I remember taking Alex Murdoch and his wife one year. They were gob smacked. My grandsons loved attending when they were young.

LYG Jaden1

U11B

ESSEX JUNIOR CLOSED 2016

Arthur Clark reports:-

The Essex Junior Closed was held at BATTS Harlow on Saturday 7 May 2016. At the Closing Date there were 34 entries and with the acceptance of late entries (I knew four were coming) the final entry figure was 40 as against last year’s 57. Last year’s event was held in early January so the start of exams may have been significant this year. Groups of three players in most events and even with this we overran by just over half an hour although most of this occurred in the last event.

The opening event was the Under 13 Boys but with only one Girl entering her event she was transferred to the Boys event. There were four groups (eight last year) and all entrants turned up to play. One seed failed to win his Group, Toby Deng (Col) losing to Diesel Harvey (Har) 3-0. Toughest Group was Group 1 and William Bettley (NETTS) needed five games to beat James Goddard (Sou) and come back from 5-9 down in the decider with Alana Mansfield (Har) to win the last six points. Hot favourite Jaden Aulakh (Mossford) only dropped one game on his route to the final, this to Alana in the quarter final. For William it was tougher, youngest brother James took a game of him and he needed three deuce games (10, 12, 10) to get in the final at expense of Diesel. In the final Jaden won 4, 8, 9.

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There were 8 Groups in the U15 Boys event, just one less than last year, with every entrant arriving. Only Reece Harris-Griffiths (Sou) failing to win his Group, losing to the improving Diesel Harvey. Top seed Joe Walker wasted no time in progressing to the final winning all his matches 3-0. In his half number 4 seed William Bettley reached the semi the hard way, coming back from 2-0 down to beat Reece and saving a match point in the fourth game of his quarter final with Connor Payne (Che). In the semi he lost 5, 10, 9 to Joe. In the bottom half number 3 seed Syed Hussain (Eastbury) struggled to cope with Diesel, eventually winning 11, 10, -11, -8, 5 and beat number 2 seed Casey Mansfield 9, -8, 11, 6 in the semi. In the final he lost to Joe 6, 9, 10.

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For the U18 Boys event there were six Groups, one up on last season, top seed Sam Hume having to withdraw overnight due to illness. Thus with the new top two seeds in the bottom half amendments were made to put these two players in opposite halves. After his exhausting matches in the previous events William Bettley withdrew just before the start of the Groups. The remaining seeds all won their Groups with Jared Chelski beating Max Plumridge in Sam’s Group. All the KO matches went with the seedings, Joe Walker defeating Justin Jeffery 3-0 in the top half semi while Jack Stockdale (Rom) beat Casey Mansfield 3-0 in the bottom half semi. In the quarter Casey had gained revenge for his U15 defeat by Syed by winning 5, -9, 9, 5. In the final a close match was won by Joe 8, 9, 10.

U18B

At the same time the U11 event was played as a round robin with three entrants, Alexander Bettley winning both his matches 3-0 against Cody Prentice (Har) and James Bettley (NETTS) with Cody taking the runners up position with a 3-1 win over James.

The last event of the day, and the most competitive, was the U18 Boys Restricted Singles, an event for those players who have never played for any of the Essex teams and no seeding. Six groups of three, against seven last year, but with a withdrawal and a player non appearance Jaz Harvey (Har) found herself the winner of Group 6 without having to play. Matthew Stringer (Sou), George Campbell (Har), Max Plumridge (Bra), Jared Chelski (Col) and Matthew Laws (Bra) the other Group winners. In the top half of the draw Jared progressed to the semi-final with a 3-0 win over Jaz where he met Dan Wills, the runner up to Matthew Stringer in their group and who had defeated Matthew Laws 3-1 in the quarter final, and defeated him 10, -8, 4, 7. In the bottom half Matthew Stringer progressed to the semi-final with a Q/F win over Max and was then engaged in a marathon semi with George Campbell which he eventually won 9, -20, 10, -7, 7. The final was another marathon going the full distance, and finally won by Matthew 6, 9, -9, -3, 5.

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I think a good day was enjoyed by all

My thanks to Umpire John Jennings for his stalwart duties and Alan Wood for obtaining such nice trophies and John Andrews for presenting the trophies. Unfortunately the actual trophies did not arrive in time to be presented on the day so a raid on Neil Brierley’s cabinet drawer provided a couple of unpresented trophies with Essex badges that were used for the presentations. I had hoped to post the trophies to the winners and runners up but they are so nice that I am wary that they could get damaged in the post so I will have to seek other ways to get the trophies to the winners.

Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary and Tournament Organiser.